|Risk Management, Insurance and Claims
Report: Plan for legionella, mold risk in health care renovations
Health care facilities can purchase pollution insurance to cover risks posed by legionella bacteria and mold during construction and renovation, ACE Group said in a paper. Proactive risk management is necessary to prevent the spread of mold spores and water droplets that contain legionella while contractors work on water, heating or cooling systems and walls, according to ACE Group. Facilities should be prepared for roof leaks and water releases, and should use infrared cameras to detect moisture within walls and above ceilings, ACE Group said. Environmental Leader
Beach damage from Sandy may require $100M to repair, lobbyist says
The cost of repairing New York and New Jersey beaches damaged by superstorm Sandy could approach $100 million, with such work running a typical cost of $5 million to $8 million per mile, said lobbyist Howard Marlowe, whose clients include a beach-preservation group. Fuel and sewage leaked into waterways in the two states. "We've lost beaches," said Larry Ragonese, press director for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. "We've lost dunes. We've lost wetlands. We've lost habitat for endangered species. The environmental impacts are tremendous." Bloomberg Businessweek
Man seeks preventive measures for legionella amid his recovery
Kent Carson, an Illinois man who survived Legionnaires' disease, is working to have water-testing requirements put in place for buildings that have risk factors for legionella. Officials said they have doubts about the effectiveness of such measures. Local health officials said it would be difficult to pinpoint the source without having multiple cases to investigate, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only get involved if an outbreak occurred. Carson has hired a firm to test his home and a Michigan hotel he visited. The Bulletin (Bend, Ore.)/Chicago Tribune
40% of ICUs perform MRSA screening on patients
Four in 10 hospital intensive-care units perform screening for MRSA and other multidrug-resistant organisms on every patient they admit, according to a study in October's American Journal of Infection Control. Less than one-third said they periodically conduct such screening. "It's difficult to recommend infection-control policies that will work across all hospitals," said Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, lead author of the study. "Hospitals might not have the resources to do universal screening, so focusing on patients we know are at high risk seems to be a good idea." American Medical News (free content)
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Aon Environmental presents on environmental and construction claims
M. Claire Juliana, J.D., director of environmental claims, will be participating as a panelist at a Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) conference in Nashville, Tenn. The topic to be addressed is "An Overview Discussion of the Common Claims Impacting Today's Environmental and Construction Marketplace: from Asbestos, to Chinese Drywall to Mold." The CLM Construction and Environmental Mini-Conference will be held Nov. 9 in Nashville, Tenn. Register and get more information.
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